Welcome to Pacific Grove . . .

Pacific Grove has been called “Butterfly Town U.S.A.,” “The Most Romantic City in the U.S.,” “A Dreamy California Destination, ” as well as an idyllic place to get married, to honeymoon or to just hang out. Some of it is self-proclaimed, some the acclaim of people who have actually visited Pacific Grove.

Most recently, VIA magazine (an American Automobile Association publication) dubbed Pacific Grove as the “Best Seaside Sanctuary.”

You will find Pacific Grove on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambience of charm, grace and beauty.  

Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. The original retreat area remains with homes dating back to the late1800s and early 1900s. Each of the vintage homes – and the newer ones as well – display their individuality. In street after street around town, the homes differ widely in size and architectural style. The downtown looks more at home at the turn of the last century than it does at the start of the new millennium.

As you stroll the residential streets admiring the charm of home after home, you will notice little plaques on many of the homes that bear the name of the original owner and the year in which it was built. To quality for a plaque from the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, a structure must look like it did when it was originally built.

Among the historic buildings in Pacific Grove are stately Victorian mansions that have been converted into bed and breakfast inns.

Annual special events showcase Pacific Grove’s historic homes and bed and breakfast inns, allowing the public to tour the buildings. In addition to the Victorian Home Tour in October and Christmas at the Inns in December, there are other annual events that celebrate Pacific Grove’s history, including Good Old Days in April and the Feast of Lanterns in July.    

Among its visitors are brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing by March.

In a remarkable sight, the Monarchs cluster on trees that they have selected, presumably because of the right combination of shelter, elevation, temperature and whatever other atmospheric or geographic factors are to their liking. They look like lush leaves on the tress, fluttering in sunlight. The butterflies gather at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary on Ridge Road, off Lighthouse Avenue.

Besides its scenic beauty and idyllic neighborhoods, Pacific Grove offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.       

Pacific Grove, CA is perfect for a romantic getaway. Pacific Grove is home to many beautiful parks and wineries. Plan a visit today to experience wine tastings, guided tours, gorgeous golf terrain and more. There are countless bed & breakfasts, ocean view hotels and beach hotels.

Book a hotel in Pacific Grove, CA today to experience all we have to offer! For more information, click on the links down the left side of this page, call the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce office at 831-373-3304, or visit the Tourist Information Center, located at 100 Central Ave. at the entrance to Pacific Grove and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy a Weekend Getaway in Monterey, CA

Monterey is a city located in California that has nicknames as the “Language Capital of the World” and “California’s First City.” Also this city had California’s first theatre, public library, public building, publically funded schools, newspaper, and printing press. Some of the city’s most notable attractions include Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival. Locals and tourists alike always have something to do and somewhere to be!

This coastal city is a beautiful place to spend time with your family and your friends out in nature. Breathe the fresh air and walk up and down the coast with the ones you love most. If you want to see what is going on Monterey and the surrounding areas, browse The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce’s website to shop the best hotels and inns, restaurants, things to do, events, real estate, and more. Discover everything that Monterey, CA has to offer!

Explore Carmel, CA with a Weekend Getaway

Carmel is a beautiful town located near Pacific Grove, California that is known for its natural scenery and rich history. The city is best-known for its white-sand beaches and it is a very dog-friendly place! Whether you are a local or a tourist, there is always something to do and someplace to go. Through planning, the city has been built to enhance its natural coastal beauty and to retain its character. So as you walk down our main strip you can still enjoy nature and the beauty of the ocean, beaches, etc.

There are always events going on including music festivals, cultural center and theatre, and more! The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce is the place to look around for the best hotels and inns, restaurants, things to do, events, real estate, and more. Discover everything that Carmel, CA has to offer!